The party might be back on, but there’s likely an early curfew in place.

The Indians have signed Mike Napoli to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to major-league camp, according to a report by the Associated Press. The deal is pending a physical.

Some strange circumstances and a level of respect, moreso than the opportunity to compete for a spot on the roster, have brought Napoli and the Indians together again.

Napoli, 36, was one of the scores of free agents left without a job this winter. Either due to teams deeming this crop of free agents not worthy of a major deal or other organizations not wanting to go over the luxury tax, or a combination of both, many free agents have been left without a deal as spring training continues to progress. It led to the players’ association setting up a camp in Bradenton, Fla., so that they could continue to work out.

Napoli left a strong impression with manager Terry Francona and the Indians during his one season in Cleveland in 2016. He had a productive season, hitting 34 home runs, driving in 101 runs and posting an .800 OPS. He was also considered an invaluable presence in the clubhouse as a veteran and mentor to a younger team making its first significant run through the postseason.

The Indians, though, don’t currently have a spot for Napoli on the major-league roster. Yonder Alonso and Edwin Encarnacion have their spots locked down between first base and designated hitter. Napoli won’t be in camp to challenge either.

“I’ve already told Edwin and Yonder that Nap’s not going in to take their job,” Francona told reporters in Goodyear, Ariz.

Instead, he’s there so that he can have a place to get some actual spring training at-bats. The Indians, meanwhile, will value his presence around camp. And they have some insurance in case of an injury to Alonso or Encarnacion.

“There’s a decent chance we’re going to get him ready to have him go on another team and help beat us,” Francona said. “Saying that, I think we all felt like he deserved it. He’s such a pro, so special to us, and certainly if there’s an injury — I think it’s a very unique situation, but he’s a very unique person, and we’re thrilled to have him in here at camp.”

Napoli had a down season last year with the Texas Rangers. He belted 29 home runs but hit just .193 with a .713 OPS. Still, even without much of a chance to compete for a roster spot barring an injury, the Indians trust Napoli enough to bring value to camp working with some of the Indians’ younger hitters, such as Bobby Bradley.

“Just think about what a compliment it is to him, that it’s a guy we’ve already kind of told, ‘Hey, there’s really not a spot for you on our team,’” Francona said. “Yet, he’s entrusted that he’s going to pull guys in the right direction. That’s pretty rare.”

“Party at Napoli’s” became a rallying cry and then a sizable charity effort during the 2016 season, headed by fan Nate Crow, who then teamed up with Napoli on the endeavor.

Indians 16, Athletics 8

Jason Kipnis continued his hot start to the spring on Tuesday, hitting two home runs in the Indians’ 16-8 Cactus League win over the Oakland Athletics in Goodyear, Ariz.

Kipnis went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored and now has three home runs in two games this spring. Richie Shaffer, trying to play his way onto the roster, belted a grand slam in the seventh inning. Shaffer is 4-for-5 this spring with two home runs and nine RBI.

Corey Kluber started and allowed one run on one hit in two innings. He struck out three.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ.